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Subject: Mathematics (7)
Title: What's the Difference?  Subtracting Integers
Description: In Cooperative/Collaborative groups, this lesson will actively engage students to subtract positive and negative integers.  An "Essential Question" will be used to activate background knowledge and set the purpose for understanding integers. Students will play board games, use the Internet to play interactive games, and watch videos about subtracting integers. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Mathematics (7)
Title: Are You INTEREST-ed?
Description: In this lesson, students will explore simple interest through the use of studying loans and savings accounts. The students will generate the formula I=P x r x t to calculate simple interest on loans. Students will become familiar with "positive" and "negative" effects interest has on real-life applications. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


Subject: Mathematics (7), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: New York with $1200
Description: CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are Demopolis Middle School’s first –place winner of the annual MATHATHON!!!!!!!!!! You and three of your classmates have been awarded an exciting trip to NEW YORK CITY! You will each be given $1200 to cover all your expenses during your three day stay. You must use only your $1200 prize to cover all expenses (transportation costs, hotel accommodations, food, gratuities (tips), souvenirs, and entertainment). Please budget your money carefully – decide which purchases are most important and budget these first. Don’t forget to have fun!!


Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Modeling and Adding Integers Using Numbers Lines and Counters
Description: The purpose of this lesson is to enable students to add integers and apply this lesson to real life situations. In this lesson students will model and add integers using number lines and counters through the use of technology-based resources. Hands-on activities and class discussions will enhance and reinforce the objectives.


Subject: Mathematics (6 - 7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How Much Money Can I Make?
Description: This lesson is a technology-based activity in which students will research two careers they are possibly interested in pursuing. They will convert the average yearly salary of each career into an hourly wage and record their findings in a spreadsheet. They will calculate their weekly gross and net pay for each career choice.


Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Investigating Integers
Description: Students will create a multimedia presentation to demonstrate their understanding of integers. Within this presentation they will include information on how to compare and order integers and how to add and subtract integers by writing about situations where they may encounter integers. Additionally, they will create a word problem with a solution that reflects their understanding of adding or subtracting negative and positive integers.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Mathematics
Title: Nim Games      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows players to challenge the computer in the games of Static Nim, Identity Nim, and Doubling and Tripling Nim. Nim is any type of '' take away game'' in which players alternately remove counters, and the player who takes the last counter wins. There are infinitely many versions of Nim.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Too Big or Too Small?      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students explore the following concepts: the magnitude of a million, fractions between 0 and 1, and the effect of decimal operations. The activities in this lesson help them develop number sense.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Power Up      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students get a real feel of the meaning of negative and positive numbers using old batteries and a voltage sensor. Students explore addition of signed numbers by placing batteries end to end and calculate the sum of the batteries voltages. There are links to an online interactive and activity sheet.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Calculation Nation      Add Bookmark
Description: Become a citizen of Calculation Nation! Play online math strategy games to learn about fractions, factors, multiples, symmetry and more, as well as practice important skills like basic multiplication and calculating area! Calculation Nation uses the power of the Web to let students challenge themselves and opponents from anywhere in the world. The element of competition adds an extra layer of excitement.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Magic Squares      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, explores magic squares from both a historical and mathematical perspective. Students explore symbolic algebraic representation of patterns, complete a magic squares activity sheet, use operations and integers to solve problems, and analyze and represent patterns with symbolic rules. Several pieces of literature appropriate for use with this lesson are suggested.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Volt Meter      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows students to learn about positive and negative numbers by exploring the voltage of batteries.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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